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#31 DramaQueenLucy  OFFLINE  

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Posted Dec 24, 2007 - 7:12 pm

“A very old Christmas eve tradition in Germany was to hide a pickle [ornament] deep in the branches of the family Christmas Tree. The parents hung the pickle last after all the other ornaments were in place. In the morning they knew the most observant child would receive an extra gift from St. Nicholas. The first adult who finds the pickle traditionally gets good luck for the whole year.” This Christmas pickle story, with a few minor variations, can be found all over the Web and in print inside the ornament package. It says that Germans hang a pickle-shaped glass ornament on the Christmas tree hidden away so it's difficult to find. The first child to find it on Christmas morning gets a special treat or an extra present.

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Posted Dec 24, 2007 - 7:15 pm

How cool.. I had never heard of that.... thanks for the info!!! My DS10 and DS11 didn't know who Scrooge was so we watched the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol tonight too

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Posted Dec 24, 2007 - 7:19 pm

Thanks for the trivia.. I hear snoring so I am off to fill stockings and then to bed so I can wake up when DH gets home from work in the morning.... night and Merry Christmas to all.

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Posted Dec 24, 2007 - 7:27 pm

Thanks everyone This was fun. Sitting here with all of you and with my family trying to answer some of these questions.
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Posted Dec 24, 2007 - 7:29 pm

Goodnight all thanks for the fun CG480 I am beat kiddos are in bed I am gonna sit and relax for a bit. Merry Christmas!

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Posted Dec 24, 2007 - 8:20 pm

WTH is a Christmas Pickle?
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Posted Dec 24, 2007 - 8:31 pm

http://mymerrychrist...05/pickle.shtml


It is a quaint tradition that nobody wants to claim. And its story would not be the first tradition of Christmas born of a total fabrication. It is the little-known tradition of the Christmas pickle.

The Christmas pickle is not really a pickle at all. It is a pickle-shaped ornament that is the last one hung on the tree on Christmas Eve. The first child to find the Christmas pickle gets an extra gift from Saint Nicholas. Or so the so-called legend goes.

There are two other versions of the origins of the Christmas pickle. One is a family story of a Bavarian-born ancestor who fought in the American Civil War. A prisoner in poor health and starving, he begged a guard for just one pickle before he died. The guard took pity on him and found a pickle for him. The pickle by the grace of God gave him the mental and physical strength to live on.

The other, perpetuated in Berrien Springs, MI, is a medieval tale of two Spanish boys traveling home from boarding school for the holidays. When they stopped at an inn for the night, the innkeeper, a mean and evil man, stuffed the boys into a pickle barrel. That evening, St. Nicholas stopped at the same inn, became aware of the boys' plight, tapped the pickle barrel with his staff, and the boys were magically freed.

Berrien Springs calls itself the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World. They celebrate with an annual Christmas Pickle Festival held during the early part of December. A parade, led by the Grand Dillmeister who passes out fresh pickles along the parade route, is the featured event. You may even purchase the German glass pickle ornaments at the town’s museum.

Rumor and speculation place the origin of this tradition in Germany. However few in modern-day Germany recognize or have even heard of the Christmas pickle. Some in West Germany blame generations of East Germans who may have had nothing more than pickles to decorate their Christmas trees with after World War II. But even families and historians in East Germany shrug at the mention of the Christmas pickle tradition.

Regardless of where it came from, the Christmas tradition survives. Ornament manufacturers continue to make the specialty decoration and enjoy perpetuating the myth of its legendary origins -- false though they may be.

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Posted Dec 24, 2007 - 8:42 pm

We actually have a christmas pickle hidden in our tree... :)

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Posted Dec 25, 2007 - 3:10 am

We actually have a christmas pickle hidden in our tree...

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We do too.




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